June 28, 2013 Subject:
If you're a fan of the festival stuff, see the movie! Jerry is in just about every scene; some great numbers by the Dead and others (Sha Na Na, the Band's Slippin' and Slidin', that uber-funk C.C. Rider with the Big Speckled Bird and Jer). Aside from the performance numbers, some of my fave moments are when Bobby goes off on some lady defending the ingrates who demanded to be let in free and bashed some poor cop's head wide open in the process....another moment is the ***extremely*** stoned "jam session" on the old trad. "Ain't No More Cane" with Jerry, Rick Danko, Bobby, John Dawson, and Janis. Either this thing is the greatest bit of "inside baseball" I've ever seen or the worst. Verdict's not in yet! Gotta say, however, that Rick was the coolest guy on the planet; pity he's gone.
This aud compilation makes for a pretty fun companion piece; despite the fact that a couple of these tracks are cut (to be expected), there is some cool music here. Your ear will adjust accordingly once the first jam starts. Check out that funky jam #4!
**Janis Joplin's set from 6/28/70 during this Canada tour is absolutely seething with soul and energy. You've probably heard the Ball & Chain from this show before. A couple of the numbers from this set make it into the movie, too. Just poke around and you'll find the SBD out there; her Full Tile Boogie Band is sooooo much cooler than Big Brother ever was, IMHO.
August 16, 2011 Subject:
It's "Pick a Bale o' Cotton", not Sugar Magnolia
It's nice to hear the train ride that spawned "Might as Well", and it's fun to imagine being on that trip and hearing these tunes...with some bass added.
Does anyone know who that guitar player is that sounds like Stephen Stills? A lot of fat fuzz with some slide. It sounds exactly like his tone, but I figure if it was him we'd hear him singing too, mic or no mic.
As I say, this recording has no bass whatsoever. There are also too many guitars, some of the best ones buried in the mix. Still, it's a fun listen.
November 10, 2010 Subject:
2. Delaney sings a blues
3. Honky Tonk Woman
5. Sugar Magnolia (Pick a Bail of Cotton)
As far as who is actually present playing, it's hard to tell. Delaney and Bonnie are audible singing in the background of GDTRFB. Delaney is singing the lead vocal on track 2, a blues that I'm sure someone out there must know the name of. Jerry comes in playing a standard electric guitar at the end of Jam 4 and plays a brief little solo at 14:16. Delaney is probably playing the guitar throughout as well. Leslie West is audible playing on Sugar Mag/Cotton Jam.
That's all I got from the first listen. I'll try to dig out more clues.
I'm giving this four stars simply for historical significance. The sound is what it is.
Thanks to Charlie Miller for putting this up!!!!
May 3, 2010 Subject:
Is it just me or is Jam 3 based around Honky Tonk Women? (Hard knox and durty sox.)
April 22, 2010 Subject:
THANK YOU CHARLIE MILLER
Even if they are forty year old mike recordings, we appreciate you putting this up.
Real cool stuff! I wish some of their Festival Express sets were up on the archive. Oh well. this is grate anyways!
April 21, 2010 Subject:
Never had such a good time...
Once your ears get accustomed to the questionable sound quality, they'll encounter nothing but pure, funky, downhome JAMMING.
March 21, 2010 Subject:
It's a treat to hear this tape from the famed Festival Express train--the legendary week long jam locomotive featuring the Grateful Dead, the band, big brother, buddy guy, and more that is documented in the outstanding film Festival Express. This is just a glimpse of what it sounded like on that nonstop party train. It's not clear who is playing on this recording besides weir on electric and jerry on pedal steel, i think robbie robertson and/or buddy guy is jamming here as well as a host of people on percussion/vibes. The sugar magnolia is a sugar magnolia jam without the vocals and is the highlight. Although the sound quality is bad, this tape is worth checking out for its historical significance at the least. 4 stars.
March 20, 2010 Subject:
Sounds like a lot of members of The Band
This is the only jam sessions from the train on the site, so you just have to deal with the meager sound quality.
Lots of pedal steele guitar in most of the tracks
Jam 4 gets going
sugar mags is probably the most fun
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